About the Organization
|The Village Project Inc. is
a US based non-profit, non-governmental organization that designs curriculum,
works with primary school aged children in after-school and summer camp
programs and teaches teachers to work with students on projects that involve
the participants in democratic self-government and in building communities.
Our work is inspired by the Village experiments of Cornelia Iselin
The Village Project believes
that in the modern world, all children need to learn how to build societies.
In traditional societies, community and the role of the individual within
it are defined, but in a culture of constant change, both human and technological,
these definitions no longer work. In a world of change, children
need to learn not any one answer but ways of finding new answers and redefining
society. Every child needs to learn how to create communities and
how to find his or her place within it. The Village Project aims
to empower primary school children as individuals, to give them a better
understanding of community, and to help them learn how to build a world
they wish to live in.
The Village Project Inc. programs
for youth. We use the Village
curriculum both as an enrichment activity during the school day and as an
educational after-school activity. From time to time we
also sponsor and facilitate summer camps where the curriculum offers a
chance for children and educators to experiment with biulding democratic
communities. Since we view this program as an
on-going experiment that can take multiple forms we regularly undertake
curriculum development projects to optimize the effectiveness of the
program for specific settings.
The Village Project Inc.
organizes seminars for teachers
. Over the course of our 4-8
day seminars a group of 12 to 16 teachers takes part in the building of a
town in much the same way as students do. The participants complete
the workshop with the "lived experience" of the curriculum and fully prepared
for the challenging but rewarding job of offering this experience to students
in their schools.
|For more information please contact
Noah W. Sobe, President or
Amy B. Shuffelton, Vice-President.
The Village Project Inc.
6541 N Greenview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
Telephone +1 773-262-4551
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Last Updated November 11, 2014